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Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice


Colombo G.

Course director


This course is addressed to students interested in exploring the challenges of entrepreneurship, both in SMEs and in larger organizations. The course will provide an insight into the entrepreneurial process and in particular:


The challenges of getting into business; The challenges of booshing the business;

The challenges of deciding whether to re-invest or exit;

The challenges of keeping the entrepreneurial spirit in large organizations.


The course is based on lectures, class workshops, case discussions and guest speaker conferences.


The overall objective of this course is to make the students aware of the opportunities offered by an entrepreneurial career, but also of the requirements of such a career, in terms of personal preparation and process orientation.



20% based on class participation

80% of the grade is based on the final project (team work)


Suggested Reading Material

Baron R. A. & Shane S.A.. 2007. Entrepreneurship: A Process Perspective. Mason, Ohio: Thompson - Southwestern.


Barrow C., Burke G., Molian D. & Brown R., Enterprise Development. The Challenge of Starting, Growing and Selling Businesses, Thomson, 2005. Kuratko D.F. and Hodgetts R.M., Entrepreneurship. Theory, Process, Practice. Thomson, 2007.